Buy the best pc...and your a *********
Build the best pc...and your still a *********
Listen to my friend Merlin....yes yes the wizard...and you can't go wrong.
Nonsense aside, what gives performance is CPU with good caching system, good quality RAM, a solid state hard drive...because they are very very fast, and the GPU.
you can have all the above right and an average GPU and you will be laughing because we are going to make sure throughput is maximised so that the GPU can do it's stuff. We will also be doing some overclocking!
WHAT YOU NEED?
where going for a moderate price range, this PC is for gaming and it IS going to effing last.
cheap case but big enuf and easy to suck the air out of:
CASE: THIS ONE
CPU: Intel i7 2.8 Ghz 930
CPU FAN: a good cooler...they don't seem to sell mine anymore but it's just as high end
Graphics card: ATi 5970
Or a little cheaper
ATi 5870 2GB edition
Hard disc: 1TB Western Digital 64MB Cache 7400RPM (get any it doesn't matter)
Hard disc SSD (solid state disc):
THIS ONE FOR GOD'S SAKE I cannot stress enough, your paying big money for an SSD, this one is twice as fast for god's sake, and you can boot from it.
NOTE: You should probably not get the SSD if you want to save some money! This helps primarily with loading times and not as much as FPS as I had hoped for.
OCZ DDR3 1600 Tri-Channel
Motherboards: Gigabtye (amazing mobos)
Power Supply 700W
HOW TO PUT IT TOGETHER?
put the CPU and RAM on the motherboard first, its like lego, look at the connecting peices and make sure it's all the right way in.....keep the motherboard book close to you it will tell you everything u might need to know if you get stuck, it's short and sweet with lots of pictures, a great manual.
put the CPU FAN on, just how the manual it comes with tells you......by now you should know all the numbers of your CPU etc. e.g. Socket 775 remember to plug your CPU fan into the motherboard if it has one.
next ***** the PSU to the case.
next ***** in your hard drive and DVD-RW etc.
next ***** the motherboard to the case.
plug your PSU fan into the Mother board if it has one, and plug the 1 or 2 power cables into your motherboard, this is what powers the computer hardware itself. If it has 2 put both in because you will probalby need them, like I did, otherwise consult Manual :)
plug the SATA cables to the motherboard, then plug the PSU power to the Devices (HD and DVD) its plug and play, simple stuff, put it where it fits, in any of the ports.
plug case into motherboard, get a torch and look closely at the pins, they are all labelled, PWR - POWER, RESET - RESET :P, LED etc.
put your graphics card in and the PCI-E SSD if you were smart enough to invest in that.
plug your PSU into your graphics card
now everything is plugged together, screwed in and has power,
put your fans in the back to suck out the air.
THIS PART IS EASY NOW turn your computer on....it will be dead....put your windows 7 64x bit ultimate edition in and install windows, make sure you put ALL GAMES as well on the SSD drive...we need super fast access to all the data there.
OKAY to overclock now.......I chose gigabyte for a purpose, it's VERY VERY EASY to OC with. Press del to enter bios (you should all know this). Go through every option, read what it does, if it's too complicated don't touch it, but you will want to enable AHCI which lets you boot from your SSD and disable EIST function, which controls the clock speed. If it makes sense like and seems annoying turn it off, turn on USB Keyboard and Mouse, as you will probably need them.
Overclock your FSB front side bus, go all the way up to 3.6Ghz, turn off your fan control so it goes full speed all the time, tune your vcore (cpu voltage to 1.6-1.8) and make sure you downclock your RAM again, instead of leaving it on auto, pick a number until it reads roughly 1600, and dont forget your PCI-Express Bus to what the description says...100, anything over 100 might not be stable, but you might be able to push it to 110. dont it's not worth it...yet at least. Increase your CPU like 100Mhz each time, and you should probably get a stable 4GHz.
don't bother overclocking your graphics card
Cart Total £ 1194.27
Approx. Delivery £ 12.48
VAT £ 211.18
now you could buy this and be happy, or your could buy and alienware/dell and let yourself believe you're happy.
that's about it.........if u have any problems firstname.lastname@example.org text me.
Edited, Aug 26th 2010 8:38am by trutrutru